Environmental planners evaluate the potential environmental impacts of projects. They do this through a combination of research and monitoring. An environmental planner's job is similar to urban and regional planning, except that these professionals are more focused on the environment's sustainability. They create plans and recommend actions that take the environment into account.
As an environmental planner, you also ensure that development projects comply with environmental regulations. If you identify risks in a project, your job is to find ways to counterbalance them, reduce their impact, or suggest alternative actions.
Environmental planners can work for government agencies or private institutions. In states with strict environmental laws, these professionals are invited to construction projects to ensure that regulations are followed.
To become an environmental planner, you need a degree in environmental science, geography, or related fields. You may also need professional certification.